This version did get adult contemporary airplay inand features Herb Alpert on trumpet, Jim Gordon on drums, Carole King's ex-husband, Charles Larkey, on bass, Bostonian Quiet Please Estes on percussion, and even labelmate Lesley Gore on backing vocals. Bobby Rozario's orchestration is lovely, but what needed to happen here was to have Lesley Gore duet with the singer.
Peter Allen was just too overbearing for a world where even Barry Manilow at his most Quiet Please could wink and get away with it. The other problem with this album is the production by Brooks Arthur, the same dilemma Lesley Gore's Love Me Quiet Please Name album suffered at the hands of Quincy Jones -- a term producer Jimmy Miller called overproduction. Miller often said there is no right or wrong in production, but there was half a wink when he said that.
At the top of his game he may have brought Peter Allen 's vocals down a bit in the mix of "Harbour" and let the music swell. A beautiful composition by the singer, his vocals are so far out in the mix that the elegance is totally drowned out. Where Ronnie Milsap would get away with being loud on a song like "Harbour" is where Allen ventures -- and succeeds -- on the title track, "Taught by Experts.
The late Peter Allen had an army of friends to help him: Carole Bayer Sager co-wrote four of the six songs on side one, Adrienne Anderson another, while the vocalist composed most of side two. Sure, he's got great pipes, and sure, these are a bunch of pros executing the music with absolute precision. What was needed was a bit more soul and a lot more breathing room for the parts. Sometimes artists on this level get too sure of themselves, and some kind of perspective seems lost during the recording of Taught by Experts.
Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Untitled - Lettera 22 - Negative Tongue Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Theres A Lady On Stage - Peter Allen - Taught By Experts Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Star Crossed Lovers - Mike Metheny - Kaleidoscope All Themes.
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